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The simplest solution to blocking the sun or your neighbors on your patio is making outdoor curtains. And there is a way to do with spending a ton of money and no sewing required.

We built a Pavilion in a weekend and only to find one side super close to the neighbor’s kitchen window and we felt like we were being watched every time we were trying to enjoy it. I needed something to block their view and could withstand the outdoors.

The solution was Drop Cloths that we found at the hardware store. With some simple supplies listed below, they were hung up in no time and added a nice touch to our outdoor space. We used only 2 drop cloths but you can use more to go all the way around your patio to block out the sun.

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No-Sew Patio Curtains From Drop Cloths

Supplies Needed

2- Canvas Drop Cloths (measure to see what size you need)
Metal Conduit
Clip Rings
Metal Brackets
Rope

Directions

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Measure out where to properly place the metal conduit and mount it with screws and brackets along with putting a support bracket in the middle so it can hold the weight.

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Measure the length of the drop cloth to see how much you need to fold over the top and still be long enough when hung.

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Fold over the top part of the drop cloth (you may need to fold over more than once).

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Using the tape measure carefully measure out where to place each of the clips rings so they are evenly spread out.

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Poke a hole through the drop cloth with the clip ring throughout the top of the drop cloth but don’t secure them yet.

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Once all the clip rings have been inserted into the drop cloth hang them on the metal conduit and secure the clip rings. Cut 2 pieces of ropes to use as tie backs for each of the outdoor patio curtains.

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When you’re ready to use the curtains, just untie the rope and pull them close. Over time you may find that the curtains will get dirty from being in the outdoors. You can wash them in cold water but I suggest hanging them up to dry as they will shrink.

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I’ve had several people ask me about my DIY Pandora – The World of Avatar Ears that I made last year when I posted them on Instagram that I decided to share the tutorial with you. I had an idea in my head on how to make them and ended up finding everything at my local craft store.

I loved how they turned out and received so many compliments when I wore them to the park while visiting Pandora – The World of Avatar in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Feel free to change them up a bit with different colors, style, accessories, etc. Enjoy!

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Supplies Needed

Directions

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Cut two 8-10 inch wire pieces from the 12 gauge silver wire using wire cutters.

Now mold the shape of each ear so the ends overlap each other a bit. I free-handed the shape of the ears I wanted but you should have each circle around 3-5 inches. The ratio of the ears to Mickey’s head is 3:5 (3” diameter ear matches a 5” diameter head). *Remember you can always cut down the wire if you need to. Optional: Use a piece of duct tape to wrap around the wired edges after it is securely glued for extra coverage.

Hot glue the overlapped ends heavy so they are fully covered and don’t poke out.

Position the wire circles on the headband to the way you like it or about 4-6 inches apart. I did mine about 6 inches apart but again free-handed it to the way I liked it.

Hot glue the circles onto the headband making sure they are fully secured. Feel free to use more glue than normal because it will be covered by the silk flowers.

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Cut the silk flowers from the stems and position them around the ears first to make sure you like it and then begin hot gluing them into place.

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Add a few drops of hot glue onto a feather and stick it in the middle of the floral arrangement on one ear. Once it is placed you can add a few more drops of hot glue to secure it.

Add some hot glue to the back of the Banshee and attach it in front of the feather. Once it’s position you can add some more glue to make sure it’s secure.

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And that’s it! Now you have Pandora – The World of Avatar Ears to take with you next time you visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom and show off!

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DIY Fabric Softener & Dryer Sheets

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Fabric softeners are conditioners that make fabrics softer and prevent static cling. These products are sold in the form of crystals, liquid and dryer sheets. When added to the washing machines, for example, these softeners can make your clothes soft without the use of fabric softener. This saves money and time. Usually conditioners of this type are designed to be used with water – two parts of water and one part of softener. This is necessary as the use of softeners in concentrated form will cause spotting on the fabrics. Here you will learn about DIY Fabric Softeners and Dryer Sheets that you can make at home that will save you both time and money.

As far as dry softeners are concerned, they are available in the form of dryer sheets. They are added to soften the fabric. They also help prevent static electricity.

In this article we are going to show you how you can make your own natural fabric softener. If you are asking why you need that, take a look at the following reasons:

#1 According to a recent study, quite a number of the commercial cleaning products emit 100 and more VOCs (volatile organic compounds). VOCs are known to be extremely risky, some of them are even defined as toxic. Among the products there are disinfectants, laundry detergents, hand sanitizers, all-purpose cleaners, dryer sheets, fabric softeners, air-fresheners, soaps, deodorants and many other!

#2 What’s even more surprising is that even products that are defined as “natural” and “green” contain the same amount of chemicals.


So now that you are familiar with these facts, we believe you are more inclined to make a DIY fabric softener. Let’s get started!

Vinegar is versatile. It works in almost every situation in the household. It can be used to clean stains and dirt, remove soap scum and limestone, as well as in cooking. Apart from this, it is also a natural softener. When added to the fabric softener dispenser in the washing machine, it can work just as fine as commercial softeners, only it is non-harmful and inexpensive. A good idea is to add a few drops of essential oil to the vinegar. There is a variety of oils in stores. Some can remove stains from clothing, others – bad odors. What’s more, some essential oils such as lavender have a calming effect. Peppermint can deal with bad odors.

 

Homemade Fabric Softener with Vinegar

Ingredients:

When you mix these two ingredients, make sure you shake them and you can use the solution. For full loads, add ¼ cup of the solution. Otherwise, use ½ cup.

Another reason why you should use natural fabric softeners is that they have antibacterial properties. They will not only soften your clothes, they will also disinfect them.

 

How to make Homemade Dryer Sheets

As it turns out, commercial dryer sheets contain chemicals too. So how to prepare your own natural dryer sheets?

  • Cut a cotton cloth into small squares.
  • Add 3 to 5 drops of oil onto the cloth.
  • The next time you load the washing machine, throw the cotton cloth in the dryer.You can experiment with various essential oils. Just pick up the one that you like the most. After a few uses, it is probably a good idea to wash the cloth and add some more drops of oil onto the cloth.

Using natural cleansers and softeners instead of commercial products is always wiser. We recommend that you do the same if you still haven’t gone green. This way you will enjoy a cleaner and healthier home.

If you don’t want to use do Terra Essential Oils to make your own DIY Fabric Softener & Dryer Sheets I found a few other essential oils that will work just the same.

Author Bio: Jane Mires works as a manager of Top Domestic Cleaners and she loves to write for home improvement and cleaning.